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    September 17, 2010
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i'm keit olbermann. good night and good luck. now to discuss the appointment of elizabeth warren with elizabeth warren, ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. good evening. >> thank you for that. have a good weekend. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was a day in politics for conservatives to let their freak flag fly. the values voters summit, the first post primary win d.c. appearance for would be sarah palin 2.0 christine o'donnell, plus a window opening wide on to the gay people can be cured activism of ms. o'donnell. all that coming up this hour. plus a piece of tape that convulsed "the rachel maddow show" newsroom today for an entire hour and left us all unable to work, talk or in some cases breathe like humans are supposed to breathe. that's all coming up over the course of this friday night show. but we begin with what will be the deciding factor in this year's elections. the one issue that is most
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likely to determine which party controls congress next year. for all there is to love and hate and obsess about in politics, the determinative truth looming over any predictions about elections is that in the end, the economy basically determines what happens on election day. bad economy, party in charge loses. add that to the other truism of midterm elections that the party in charge also loses in the first election for a new president and the democrats know they've got to swim hard upstream if they do not want this current to wash them away this year. they've got to try to mitigate the forces against them this year. and their only hope of doing that is by trying to turn the economy around obviously and simultaneously trying to embody and share some of the populist anger out there about the economy, to turn it against the other guys so that anger doesn't all get directed at them. >> they want to take congress back and return to the days
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where lobbyists broke the laws. it is the most insidious power grab since the monopolies of the gilded age. they want to keep the public in the dark. they want to serve the special interests that served them so well over the last 19 month we will not let them. we are not about to allow a corporate takeover of our democracy. >> a corporate takeover of our democracy. president obama's message at a fund-raiser last night for senate candidate richard blum n blumenthal. echoes of that earlier. >> the choice is clear. i want republican so and so, congressman so and so explain to the people in his district who lost their job through no fault of their own because of the financial chicanery of wall street, because of this ponzi scheme they had masquerading as a policy. tell them why they should not get unemployment insurance.
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i want this fight. i want this fight. >> the president and the vice president on message for the election now. on the economy, conveying the message that they are with the american people, that they share in the justifiable anger over the economy and that they are the ones trying hardest to fix it right now against the other side who wants the opposite. that is the democrats 'campaign message. then today the obama administration took the biggest step it could take toward making that campaign message both seem true and be true. today the president named elizabeth warren as a special adviser to set up the new consumer financial protection bureau. here's why elizabeth warren's appointment is so important. for starters, for the left and for the angry middle, this is intended to lay to rest doubts about whose side the obama administration is on -- wall street's or main street's. her entire career has been about exalting main street's cause and standing up to wall street to do it. the consumer financial protection bureau she will be
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starting up is her brain child. she laid it out in an article for the journal "democracy" in 2007 arguing, quote, it is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one in five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house. but it is possible to refinance an existing home with a mortgage that has the same one in five chance of putting the family out on the street. and the mortgage won't even carry a disclosure of that fact today homeowner. similarly, it's impossible to change the price on a toaster once it has been purchased. but long after the papers have been signed, it is possible to triple the price of the credit used to finance the purchase of that appliance, even if the customer meets all the credit terms in full and on time. and while it is all about policy and whether or not regular working people really do have a powerful ally in their government against the corporations that rip regular working people off, it's also about communicating that fact. and there is probably only one person in the country who can
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talk to individual american families about advocating for their own interests. probably only one person in the country that does that better than the communicator in chief. that person is elizabeth warren. >> i want a two-page credit card agreement in big print and plain words. i want something that will tell me what this is going to cost, and i don't want to have to wonder if somewhere in the fine print the interest rates can triple or if the $29 fee here and the $49 fee there mean that my free card in fact costs me about $300 a year on average. i want a two-page mortgage, plain words. i want a car loan that doesn't have a hidden kickback to the dealer like the average kickback now on a used car loan that runs between $1,000 and $30 h$3800. look, i expect to pay for what i. get, but i don't expect to be
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tricked and trapped into paying what i didn't bargain for because that's how contracts work and that's how markets work. >> in political terms, liberals have been pushing for elizabeth warren's appointment. and liberals are excited about it now. but that is for a reason. elizabeth warren joins us now from washington. she is the newly appointed assistant to the president and special adviser to the secretary of the treasury on the consumer financial protection bureau. professor warren, congratulations. nice to see you again. >> thank you. good to see you. >> a year ago, i know that congressman barney frank was among those who told you that a consumer protection agency like this was a pipe dream, it had no chance of becoming law. what has between then and that moment today when you were standing in the rose garden charged with making this a reality? >> what happened between then and now is a lot of american people said, you know, we've had enough of this. i've been out there. i've talked. but so have lots and lots and
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lots of other people. i appreciate the kind words, but this has been everywhere. this has been the small community groups. this has been the afl, seic. saying this is an issue we care about. because it affects us. it affects our neighbors. it affects our families. they got behind it, and they are the ones who put the wind in the sails of this bill. that's how we ended up in the rose garden today. >> does it worry you, does it weigh on you how much faith people have in you personally to be able to communal kate main street concerns in a way that can compete with wall street concerns? >> of course it does. you know, all i can do is the best i can. but at the end of the day, what this is really about isn't about me. i mean, i will do my best. i will get out there. i will talk about this. but you've got to remember the
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real power here is not at the top. this is -- this is lots of people, lots of people who came together and said enough of this. we're not going to do this anymore. you know, the reason barney frank said this is a pipe dream is he said the lobbyists always win. that's what happens in this town. i was told that over and over and over. all the money is on one side, and in my view all the hurting was on the other side. i think that the consumer agency is about our trying to change that around and actually having some success doing it. >> when you first proposed this consumer watchdog agency 2007, you tied the exorbitant fees middle class americans are paying to their credit cards, you tied that to the health of the economy. it's a substantial amount of money and it's money you explain americans are not spending on clothes and cars and groceries and stuff that stimulates the economy. do you see the creation of the
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cfpb as important not just in terms of fairness but for the overall health of the economy? >> oh, absolutely in multiple ways. so let's just talk about a couple. the first one is, whatever is the right metaphor you want to use, when you think about families out there, their own boats trying to make it, trying to make it from here to there, what credit has become is a big hole in the bottom of the boat. the tricks, the traps, the ways that money is drained out. and what this agency has the capacity to do is to begin to patch that up so that families have more money. and when they have more money, they're more stable. they're likely to take on obligations that they're really going to be able to pay back. that's more money in their hands, more money for haircuts, more money to buy goods, more money to buy services, more money in the economy and more money in the stability. it also means that the idea of trading in those credit products, those mortgages we all
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are familiar with those -- but there are others as well that we're going to promise those grotesque profits. the idea of trading in those, creating the securitization that ultimately crashed this entire economy, we just take that one off the table. we say find somebody else to play with. you can't do it with american families. you can't do it with the american economy. so this is really about safety for all of us. >> you have created your own bully pulpit by virtue of your own communication skills. and that was true before you got this appointment. it now becomes more official, and i think a lot of people who have been fans of yours are heartened today to see you not only here but doing a lot of other media today hoping you'll become a much more public force and public face on this issue even than you have been already. i know your priority must be this agency, protecting people from predation and the other types of reforms that you just described. but are there other policy agenda items that you think would make a huge difference in
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terms of how middle class working families are going to be able to survive this recession? >> yes, ma'am. do keep in mind, the president asked me to wear two hats, not just one. and you know how important this agency is to me and how much time and blood i'll pour into t it. but at the same time he's asked me to be an assistant to the president, to talk directly with him. to talk directly with his team about middle class economic issues and be part of their conversation on this. so i think the answer is i've got a foot in the door now and i want to talk because i know these are important issues to the president, to the president's team. and i want to be in that room and see if i can be helpful on a range of issues. >> well, for a person who -- i feel like at the age of 37 my whole cohort, my whole life and all of my peers has been defined
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by debt and the new american relationship with debt. and you're the first person in public life right now who i feel like is talking about that in ways that makes sense with my experience and with the experience of all my peers. so from that perspective, welcome and we're all counting on you and good luck. >> thank you very much. >> elizabeth warren newly appointed assistant to the president and special adviser to the secretary of the treasury on the consumer financial protection bureau. okay. so all the republican presidential hopefuls are lining up for the big conservative values voters summit that's under way in washington, which values are we talking about summiting here? >> i would say we should not allow muslims to serve in the u.s. military. >> in any normal year running for president means not putting yourself on the same bill as that guy. this is not a normal year. please stay tuned. [ woman ] when you want a bank that travels with you. with you when you're ready for the next move.
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senator lisa murkowski of alaska was beaten in the republican senate primary for
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her own senate seat this year. republican voters instead narrowly picked a far right candidate named joe miller to be the republican candidate for her seat. lisa murkowski has not taken that loss well. after refusing to endorse joe miller or do any sort of republican unity events she approached david hassy, the libertarian candidate in alaska to see if he would give her his line on the ballot so she could retain the seat as a libertarian. he said no. then two days ago murkowski's office said she would decide by today whether to run a write-in campaign for her own seat. here it is friday but the four-hour time difference between the east coast and anchorage means we don't officially yet know the answer. that said there are reports this hour when the alaska republican senator reveals her big decision she will be announcing she's going to run for re-election as a write-in. that means her name will not be printed on the ballot but will try to get alaskans to vote for her by spelling out
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m-u-r-k-o-w-s-k-i when they go to beat. this might be great news for scott mcadams. if the other split the center right and far right vote that could pave the way for mcadams to win. possible. except nate silver of the 538 blog at the "new york times" who crunches the numbers on this better than anybody reports tonight even as a write-in candidate m-u-r-k-o-w-s-k-i might still have a good shot to win this thing. ♪ pringles cracker stix. ♪ so delicious... your mouth will be strangely attracted to them. ♪ everything pops with pringles cracker stix. ♪ i but i justve my 5 employcan't afford it.ance,
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non-minorities. how do you rationalize? i don't know. i can't explain that to you but we're going to find out. they don't swim as well. and when you give them a compass and send them across the terrain at night in a land navigation exercise, they don't do as well at that sort of thing. >> former u.s. marine corps general charlie mundy making the case on "60 minutes" that the reason minorities were not advancing in the marine corps is because minorities can't swim. also they don't shoot as well as white people. minorities aren't as good at directions as white people are. so naturally with general mundy as the xhcommandant of the mari corps they won't have many minority officers. two days later he apologized. it was not his first brush with controversy. he previously issued an order banning married people from joining the marines.
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i'm not sure if that means he also thinks married people can't swim. but general carl mundy has not disappeared from public life since all of that. he was scheduled to speak in fact today in washington at the conservative values voter summit. presumably he was scheduled to speak because of his, youo, awesome values. interestingly general mundy was on the schedule to appear to talk about "don't ask, don't tell" but once that panel took the stage, general mundy was not there. he did not show up. you want to know who did show up at today's summit, though? you may remember from this year's hall of fame candidates list dale peterson. dale peterson tried and fail to win the nomination for alabama's agricultural commissioner by starring in one of the best i'm laughing at you not with you campaign ads of this year's election. he was given top billing today at the values voter summit and he did not waste his opportunity in the spotlight.
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>> we have an administration today -- i may get arrows and bullets shot at me or something. but the thing about that is we have a guy that hates america. i'm just going to say it, okay? until we get rid of barry or barak. i haven't seen his little feet on that birth certificate so i don't know what he is, right? >> so carl mundy, black people can't shoot, and dale peterson barry, barak whatever let's see the birth certificate that's the values voter summit this year. because carl mundy was a no show we wait with bated breath to see if this guy is going to show up. >> i would say we should not allow muslims to serve in the u.s. military and we have got to raise questions about whether we can afford to allow muslims to immigrate into the united states at all. permits in my judgment should not be granted to build even one
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more mosque in the united states of america, not one. >> because he's a religious freedom guy. that was a gentleman named bryan fischer of the american family association scheduled to appear tomorrow at the values voter summit. it would be one thing if this was just your average conservative movement, the president secretly foreign black people can't swim i hate muslims confab but the mundy, bryan fischer billing is shared by governor tim pawlenty, governor mitt romney, governor mike huckabee, congressman mike pence. all of these republicans who want to be seen as mainstream 2012 presidential contenders. all co-billed with, all standing alongside the deport all the muslims guy. it's awkward. it's not quite as awkward as this, though. you want to know who got a huge rock star welcome today at the values voter summit? newly minted delaware senate candidate christine o'donnell.
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instantaneous big star in the republican movement. here she is in her years as religious right activists. >> i just came back from the middle east and it was refreshing with all that's going on -- it was refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with smut all the time. >> all right, christine, we're going to have to leave it there. >> christine o'donnell arguing in 2004 on this network that the middle east is actually a much more refreshing place to be because the way they treat women in the middle east is much less smutty than the way women are treated in america. if only we had those anti-smut middle east values here in america it would be, in her words, refreshing. that, christine o'donnell got a rock star welcome today at this event. >> we are at war with a group that is getting their inspiration from their religious teachings. the cause of the violence is an islamic culture that keeps hundreds of millions of people
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right on the edge of murder and mayhem 24 hours a day. there was virtually no islamic presence in america until just a few decades ago. when the founders gathered at constitution hall, they did not gather there after having read the koran. if they had reached into the koran for inspiration, this would not today be a country you would much want to live in. for one thing, all the women in the audience would be treated like cattle. you'd be in a separate room listening to this speech. wearing a burqa. thank you very much. >> i tell you, i just came back from the middle east it was refreshing -- with all that's going on, it was refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with smut all the time. >> everybody keeps saying what's happening in the republican
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party this year is the emergence of a whole new crop of conservatives. it is not a whole new crop of conservatives. these folks have been around conservative politics for a long time. this is just the first year that so many of them have tried to make the miasma of very, very far right conservative movement politics into a co-gent republican party platform for the midterm elections. joining us frank schaeffer, author "crazy for god." mr. schaeffer, thank you so much for coming back on the show tonight. it's nice to see you. >> hey, thanks rachel. good to be back. >> everybody has been saying all year that the religious right is really disenfranchised in republican politics right now. fiscal conservatives have taken over the party. it seems to me like the religious right is really back. do you think that it is? >> look, it's like claims for cures for cancer, you know. there's always something coming along saying that now there's a cure but it always comes back
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that it's not quite the cure. the religious right is a fund raising operation. it's not a political operation at all. people like gary bauer, who i knew back in the day when i was in the religious right and my dad was a leader and i was a leader before i dropped out in the early '80s was in the same business he's in tonight. and so when he comes in there bashing muslims but, say, wasn't bashing them before 9/11 or people show up and say it's refreshing to be in the middle east before 9/11 and then come back and say change their minds, you have to understand they don't have a real ideology. these are fund-raising opportunists, not political opportunists. and of course the republican party is now saddled with a leadership that are so cowardly -- people like mitt romney and mccain and the others -- that they don't stand up against these guys and say, look, you know, we need you like we need a hole in the head. what you're all about is raising money for things like your family organizations and all the rest. you keep changing your tune.
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it's gays, it's blacks, it's muslims, circle the wagons, real americans stand up to sarah palin schtick. and sarah palin is the greatest example. thee serves half a term as governor and drops out to make a buck. these are flakes and i used to be one of them. thank god i got out. i mean that literally because i'm still a believing christian. i'm not that kind of a christian but i'm a christian. you have to understand these people are about fund raising for their organizations and they'll latch on to anything. if that means sometimes they're sounding like fomenting violence they'll do it or if it comes off as race i. or anti-homophobic or anti-muslim -- i have a son in the marine corps. i'm loyal to the men and women in the marine corps and other armed services. it makes me sick to see a group that wraps itself in the flag stoking the flames of anti-islamic phobia in exactly the way that will result in people like those young marines who served with my son getting
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killed while these cowards raise money based on stoking these flames. that's who newt gingrich is. that's who these people are today and it's disgusting. >> frank, i feel like the beltway media take on what's going on in the republican party and the conservative movement right now hasn't really yet caught up to the fact that there's a lot of people from the religious right who have been longtime conservative movement figures who are really rising to power here. somebody like christine o'donnell has been running for office for a long time. someone like sharron angle has been active for a very long time. these folks are not new. what do you think people who are used to just covering red versus blue, republican versus democrat should understand about the influence of this religious right conservative movement, as you say fund raising operation in the republican party? what should people be on the alert for? >> well, they have to dig a little deeper the way you do on your show. and the fact of the matter is the media doesn't do this. they always say on one hand this, on the other hand that and
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take the people at face value. the first thing you have to do is strip away the idea these are serious people. they are not. the religious right is a fund raising operation for var yution organizations whether that's focus on the family or any of these other groups. people like gary bauer, if he's not running for president and trying to raise money that way, the same way pat robertson did which was never a serious run. it was just about pat's building his empire and so forth. will cycle back always into the mixture until they just grow old and die in it. we have new people coming along like christine o'donnell, new to the nation but have used old baggage when it comes to this group. always the same people. the real story here is this. the republican party has to be held to account. these are your people, my fellow republican, former fellow republicans. if you don't speak up against them, then they become your problem. the problem is the lines are fuzzy. and so you have all these republican candidates who actually pick up part of this fund raising pitch from people like gary bauer, fold it into
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their machinery and use it. they know perfectly well that these guys are flakes. they know perfectly well they're not serious. they also know perfectly well there are a lot of people out there particularly in white middle class and lower middle class america who are disgruntled enough to be moved by messages of hatred and xenophobia and are cashing in on it. it's the same old playbook again and again and again and again. but now it's taking a dangerous twist with anti-islamic rhetoric because our men and women will get killed because of the kind of things said by these people and there's absolutely no need for stirring up a wartime situation to take advantage of it for short-term domestic gain. so the republicans deserve what they're going to get in november which is far less result than they're hoping for. i would just urge people -- you're saying what to do about this, how to stay alert. one thing we can stay alert for is whether we agree with everything the obama administration is doing or not or whatever it may be, we have to root for democrats and
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reasonable people in this next election to stop these flakes from suddenly becoming our national leadership. >> frank schaeffer, author of the book "crazy for god." thank you very much for your time tonight. good to have you on the show. >> my pleasure. before becoming a full-time candidate delaware republican senate candidate christine o'donnell was an activist who did a national tour promoting the idea that the gay has a cure. guess what the cure is. guess how well it works. that's next. hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! we're going on a field trip to china! wow. [ chuckles ] when i was a kid, we -- we would just go to the -- the farm. [ cow moos ] [ laughter ] no, seriously, where are you guys going? ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! [ female announcer ] the new classroom. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco.
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and now another brief installment of "the rachel maddow show's" animated graph feeder. first slide, please. this one on the blog that mathew iglesias writes. poverty rate trends 1966 to 2009. those are percentages on the left on the "y" axis that goes up and down and then there's years across the bottom on the "x" axis. yellow line, please. all right. here's what the census bureau has said happened to people in working years. poverty goes up and down more or less with recessions. lately as you can see the little uptick at the end poverty is up. here is child poverty. kids living in third world usa. in the reagan years, it was not kind to them. lately the recession has been bad too. single mother families, can we put them up there? that's them in green. you can see they were better off than a year ago but also see the recession has started to knock them back.
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last one blue line please. this is the good one. look at this. these are america's senior citizens. p you are not old already this is what we all hope to be someday, old. because the alternative to getting old is not a good alternative. the poverty rate for older people in america is a good news story. look. look at that. poverty among older people is a third of what it used to be in this country, lower than all these other groups, less than 10% overall. and it is falling evenly during the recession. it is a good, good news story at a time there are very few good stories. it's great news. it's a miracle. but it's not a miracle. it's not even mysterious because what's going on is since the mid 1960s american seniors have been protected by the modern safety net of medicare and social security, the very programs the right is now pledging their sacred honor to get rid of if they win the elections this year. when i had my heart attack, i couldn't believe it.
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the power of cuddling with him. >> it's nonsexual. it establishes a parent/child relationship. so he didn't experience this growing up with his dad. >> rob, do you feel a sexual connection right now? >> no, i don't. i feel very safe and very comforted and it just feels wonderful. >> that expert there also said the gay could be cured by beating a pillow with a tennis racket while screaming at your parents. >> i was angry at my mother. >> okay. >> so i started saying, mom, mom, mom, mom, why did you do that to me! >> that lady is like, kay. that master of ungaying the gay is richard cohen. he wrote a book called "coming out straight, understanding and healing homosexuality." he appeared on this show last year you may recall.
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for the record after seeing him even i'm still -- anyway. the cure the gay movement is not just this one guy. not just richard cohen working on the wild west fringe of american politics. conservative activists for years argued for and advocated for and funded this idea that gayness can be cured, can be hugged away or prayed away. one such activist is the woman who is now the republican senate nominee from the great state of delaware christine o'donnell. back in 2000 as president and founder of the savior's alliance for lifting the truth she held a news conference with other anti-gay groups. her featured guest was the organization's spokesman, a young man who claimed he had been cured of the gay. that lasted about a year or so. her ex-gay spokesman became an ex-exgay when he told the magazine the advocate he had been uncured of the gay and had a boyfriend and very happy. the man is named wade richards. he made and released a video
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this week in which he addresses his association with christine o'donnell. plus the whole you can be cured of being gay scam. >> in 1998, feeling guilt and shame about my same-sex attractions, i entered into an ex-gay residential reparative therapy ministry called love in action in memphis, tennessee. in 2000, after graduating from love in action i was in contact with christine o'donnell, the founder of the savior's alliance for lifting the truth. shortly after i became aware of christine o'donnell's radical beliefs when she entered me to peter labarbara for american for truth about homosexuality. they say they're fighting the gay agenda. in reality they have an agenda of their own. do you really want organizations like this promoting, funding and endorsing candidates to sit on the united states congress? i think not. in the late summer of 2000, after being completely worn down
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by becoming the ex-gay political poster puppet for these organizations and still struggling with same-sex attractions, i decided that i needed to come to christine and let her know that i was struggling so much. >> christine o'donnell may be new to us. you may not have seen her or heard of her before she won her senate primary this week. she may be a new face on your tv machine but she's been toiling away in the conservative movement for years. >> those of us who had toiled for years in the values movement suddenly found ourselves surrounded by americans who had rediscovered the most fundamental value of all -- liberty. >> the liberty to be fake cured of your homosexuality and then forgotten and ignored when the cure doesn't take. joining us now is the executive director of truth wins out, a nonprofit organization that fights anti-gay extremism. nice to see you again. first of all, could you explain your involvement in this story because i know you played a role
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here. how did you know wade richards? >> we debated on the alan colmes radio show. wade was very good and convincing and said jesus cured me and i've been saved and i'm happy and i'm free. i don't know why but at the end of the show i said if you ever want to come out of the closet give me a call. he said, no, i'm free. i've been saved. six months later i get to my office and get a call. it's wade richards. he said the ex-gay ministries don't work. they've never worked. i've never seen it work for anyone else later. he came and visited me. i was very moved by it. and i saw how much he had been harmed by it, how many other people i've seen be harmed by this. >> in that tape, he describes going through reparative therapy. it's sort of an ex-gay boot camp he says in memphis. what is it that he's talking about? >> they have two types of techniques. the first is you simply get the bible and try to pray away the gay. and then of course the quack therapy, the therapy that's been
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debunked by the american psychological association and american psychiatric association for more than 30 years. and their theory is essentially that you're gay because you had a distant same-sex parent. the way to make you heterosexual is to make friends with straight people and by doing that you'll magically lose your attraction to the same sex. it's -- we call it consumer fraud. and we've never seen it work for anyone. and it not only harms the people who go through it but the spouses end up getting married to these individuals. these groups love to show you the wedding photos but never show you the divorce papers and we see that all the time. >> i know you've done a lot of pioneering work on the cure the gays scam in the conservative movement. is it fair to say christine o'donnell played a significant role in it. >> she was a big promoter of the pray away the gay mince stris and went across the country with wade richards, kind of a dog and pony show and tried to convince people that this was the magical cure. this was a big deal back when she was doing it. the conservatives jumped on this
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whole ex-gay band wagon around 1998. polls started shoeg the whole fire and brimstone part of the ministry they were doing, gays are going to hell wasn't playing. so they had to do something more kind and gentle and jumped on this ex-gay bandwagon and launched a campaign in 1998. a million dollars campaign called truth in love to soften the message up. christine o'donnell jumped on that as well. and she went along with this. of course the spokesperson for the truth in love campaign i photographed in a gay bar obviously hadn't changed very much. >> it's an incredible story and it is important -- i think we're going to be understanding a lot now. she is sort of a big national movement conservative movement superstar understanding where she came from. wayne bessen, executive director of truth wins out. i have a feeling we'll be talking to you about this again. so turns out this is the year of long-winded conservative manifestos and the candidates who love them. a romance told in multiple very similar nonbinding chapters on
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louisiana senator dav davidvitter, the hooker guy, has signed on to a tea party candidate's pledge put out by the north central louisiana tea party patriots. the senator of course is most famous for running for office on the basis of his family values and calling on president clinton to be impeached for his sexual immorality before he was called out as a client of the d.c. madam. instead of resigning he's running for re-election and again trying to run as a family values guy in the north central louisiana tea party patriot's pledge senator vitter among other things promises, quote, to conduct myself personally and professionally in a moral and socially appropriate manner. and if i don't, heh didn't seem
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to matter too much when i got caught for that before. but me in. but that i promise to not be a hooker guy is not the only one. dick armey announced this week that nationally the impagsed movement of american conservatives known as the tea party will get a manifesto of their own courtesy of dick armey an his new co--written book, give us liberty. whether the impassioned masses will rally around his manifesto remains to be seen. because there are so many others to choose from this year. remember there was also the mt. vernon statement signed by them in february. and there was the contract from america created by tea party activists online. not to be confused with the contract with america, part ii,
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floated by newt gingrich because apparently the first one is done and good and stuff. that's this one here. all right. stay there. newt. oh, i knew you were going do that. then there's something called the seven and 11 plan laying out seven key priorities for republicans to run on. 7 in '11, a crossroads group. not to mention a proposal of sorts of the actually republican committee or its chairman michael steele who has his own 12-step program for the parties -- those 12 steps not to be confused actually with glenn beck's 12 principles that form the center of his knew marek initiative. there's also paul ryan's roadmap to the american future. his call to action. -- sorry, guys.
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was followed by his and his friend's book called to action "young guns." it calls for growth, opportunity, and commitment. it has made for some spectacular news watching this past year or two. thanks to this parties soul-searching it has lots and lots and lots of platforms and statements and men fess toes to choose from. this mess is just from the past year and a half alone. everybody needs to sign on. how does this translate? well, back in february senator john mccain said senate republicans were working on a ten-point election year agenda. we called hi off to see where ta ten-point agenda is or if it exists. they referred us to the minority leader mitch mcconnell. his office has not gotten back to us. they never do.
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anyway, and while i was looking into it, something -- i'm just going to show you. it's going to shock you. all right. so this here is a picture of rachel maddow, mad cow. i'm sorry. you don't have to know a lot about her to know that she's a le lesbian. she looks manly, got broad shoulders, thick neck, short hair, she's got her arms across her almost nonexistent breasts but here's the thing. go in a little bit closer and this is what i saw. what's that thing on her neck. go in a little bit closer.
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it looks kind of suspicious to me. so i went and i looked for some other pictures of rachel maddow and sure enough take a look at this. manly, short hair, smiling, although she's crying on the inside, and zoom in a little bit and a little bit closer. what does that look like to you? those are the piets bites of a vampire. msnbc, this socialist, nazi, channel hired a lesbian vampire and put her on when little kids can see her. we're letting a lesbian vampire comment on america.

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